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This stridently performed two-hander, very obviously based on a play, fails to engage on any level. The story of a pair of lovers caught up in a hellish existence in an out-of-the-way diner makes for a prosaic experience, and the very stagey acting of both participants will doom the project outside Brazil where, presumably, the theatrical original gives the film some profile.

With:
With: Debora Duboc, Claudio Jaborandy.

This stridently performed two-hander, very obviously based on a play, fails to engage on any level. The story of a pair of lovers caught up in a hellish existence in an out-of-the-way diner makes for a prosaic experience, and the very stagey acting of both participants will doom the project outside Brazil where, presumably, the theatrical original gives the film some profile.

Lena (Debora Duboc), heavily pregnant, operates a diner by a dusty highway near an abandoned mine; she has no customers until the arrival of Villela (Claudio Jaborandy), who claims to be a subordinate of the army officer who seduced and abandoned her. They soon become lovers, but he disappears with her savings, and she is left alone to give birth to a son. Later, Villela returns for a final act of noisy recrimination. The actors tend to scream at one another constantly and to smash up the set, activities which quickly become tiresome. As a metaphor for empty lives, the diner without customers is hardly a subtle concept. Technically smooth.

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Brazil

Production: An Olhar Imaginario-Riofilme production. Produced by Toni Venturi. Executive producers, Daniel Santiago, Lilian S. Santiago. Directed by Toni Venturi. Screenplay, Di Moretti, based on a play by Fernando Bonassi.

Crew: Camera (color), Jacob Soltrenick; editor, Ide Lacreta; music, Livio Tragtenberg; production designer, Andrea Velloso. Reviewed at Berlin Film Fest (Panorama), Feb. 13, 2001. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Debora Duboc, Claudio Jaborandy.

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